Business Model Canvas
A Business Model Canvas is a visual tool used to plan and show key elements of the business: partners, activities, resources, value propositions, customer relationships and segments, channels, cost structure, and revenue streams. It helps communicate the business model to potential investors, partners, and employees.
Describing your business model with Business Model Canvas helps with communication. It offers a clear and concise way of presenting complex information, allowing everyone to understand your business model quickly. A Business Model Canvas also enables experimenting and iterating various business models.
It's also useful in collaborating with others as it helps everyone stay on the same page about the business and keep the focus on the same important aspects. As such, it eases the prioritisation – the key activities are highlighted, and it drives everyone's actions towards the desired business model.
How to properly use the Business Model Canvas? Firstly, use it for what it is good for. Treat it as a visual tool to present and communicate your business model. Use it as a tool to experiment with your business model – see what works and what doesn't and make changes as needed. And remember that it's also a team tool, and it's supposed to help your team work towards the same goal.
There are also things you shouldn't do. Don't forget that the Business Model Canvas is just a tool, not a complete business plan, so don't cast planning or strategy tools aside. You also shouldn't base your business model on unvalidated assumptions. Conduct customer research to see what works before you choose a desired business model. Lastly, don't just let your Business Model Canvas be. Update and review it to ensure it stays up to date with what's happening in and for your business.
A Business Model Canvas is a valuable tool that will help you clearly communicate a desired business model. However, you should remember to have more than this in your toolbox when it comes to creating and choosing a business model for your company.